If malware were biological, the world would be in the grip of the worst pandemic in history. In 2009, more than 25 million unique malware programs were identified, more than all the malware programs ever created in all previous years. No one need wonder what all that malware is trying to do: It's trying to steal money -- through data theft, bank transfers, stolen passwords, or swiped identities.
Fortunately, as InfoWorld's Malware Deep Dive explains, there's a lot you can do to minimize the risk of malware infection. It starts with educating your users about today's most common threats and investing in technologies that provide defense and analysis. From there, you'll learn about the importance of whitelisting, antimalware programs, security patches, log files, honeypots, and more. These tips will help you protect your data -- and quite possibly your job.